Nearly half the people in the United States take at least one prescription medication on a regular basis, and one in six people take three or more medications, according to statistics released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. And it is estimated that between 7,000-9,000 people in the United States die each year because of medication errors, and that doesn’t include the thousands of people harmed because they were administered either the wrong medication or an incorrect dose of a medication. Tariq RA., et al., Medication Dispensing Errors and Prevention. 2021 Nov 14. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing: 2022 Jan-. PMID: 30085607. Contact a Stamford, Connecticut medication errors lawyer from Casper & de Toledo today to schedule your free initial consultation!
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The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations is a non-profit organization responsible for evaluating and accrediting medical institutions, including hospitals, nursing homes, independent or freestanding laboratories, and rehabilitation centers across the United States. The JCAHCO adopts and implements standards that govern practices and procedures to be followed at the institutions that it accredits. Violations of these standards may be powerful evidence of medical malpractice.
The medication errors may be attributable to physician error prescribing the medication, pharmacy error either transcribing or compounding the medication, point of care, or bedside error (nurse, physician assistant) administering the medication. Some problems are the result of medications sounding alike, poor penmanship on the part of the prescriber, improper dosing of the medication, unanticipated drug interactions, and/or mistakenly interrupted medications, although the use of electronic medical records has reduced the errors. Medication errors can occur in hospitals, clinics, out-patient facilities, stand-alone surgical centers, and nursing homes. All of these events may give rise to a medical negligence claim. If you have a valid claim, our Stamford, Connecticut medical malpractice lawyer is ready to help you.
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If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of an adverse drug reaction or the improper withholding of medication, it is important to consider whether the injury was caused by the failure of a health care provider to adequately monitor the use of the medication or was caused by the commission of malpractice in the administration of the medication. If a Stamford, Connecticut medication errors lawyer from our firm can be of assistance, contact Casper & de Toledo today.